New Mexico Passes Data Breach Notification and Protection Bill

By | Data Privacy Monitor | March 20, 2017
New Mexico Passes Data Breach Notification and Protection Bill Then there were two. On March 16, 2017, the New Mexico state legislature passed a bill requiring that New Mexico residents be notified if their “personal identifying information” was affected by a breach of electronic data. Upon signature of the bill, New Mexico will join 47 other states requiring such notification, and the only states remaining without notification laws will be Alabama and South Dakota. View Full Post
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The President’s Regulatory Agenda and the FTC

The President’s Regulatory Agenda and the FTC Presidential advisor Steve Bannon famously told the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that the Trump Administration seeks to “deconstruct” the regulatory state. The President has issued several Executive Orders (EOs) on regulations designed to implement this policy,including the “two for one” EO, an EO on enforcing the regulatory agenda, and an EO on reorganizing the executive branchView Full Post
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Playing the Waiting Game: Trump Administration Has Yet to Nominate an Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

Playing the Waiting Game: Trump Administration Has Yet to Nominate an Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights It has been over one month since Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was confirmed by the Senate. Secretary DeVos and the Trump Administration have already had a lot of impact on schools during the past month in office, including withdrawing Obama-Era Transgender Guidance and providing guidance on consolidated state plans related to the Every Student Succeeds Act. View Full Post
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A Manual for How to Blow Your Due Diligence

By | The Ethical Investigator | March 20, 2017
A Manual for How to Blow Your Due Diligence Step one: don’t have a manual. That’s the message in an information-packed new book about the inner workings of the SEC just after the Madoff and now largely forgotten (but just as egregious) Allen Stanford frauds. In his memoir of five years at the agency, former SEC Director of Investment Management Norm Champ (now back in private practice) writes that he was stunned to arrive into public service in 2010 to find that examiners had no set procedures both when looking at regulated entities or in following up on their findings. View Full Post
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DSM Watch: The New Copyright Directive – What Will Happen to the Liability Privilege of Platforms?

DSM Watch: The New Copyright Directive – What Will Happen to the Liability Privilege of Platforms? Since the first proposals for amendments to the European Commission’s draft copyright directive were leaked earlier this month, we have seen quite some discussion on what the Digital Single Market will bring about. The leaked report was drafted by the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs. View Full Post
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Strike Two: Trump’s New Travel Ban Halted by the U.S. District Court in Hawaii

By | Higher Education Report | March 20, 2017
Strike Two: Trump’s New Travel Ban Halted by the U.S. District Court in Hawaii Late Wednesday, March 15, just hours before President Trump’s new travel ban was scheduled to take effect, the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii granted a temporary restraining order that prevents the implementation of Executive Order 13780.  Recall, President Trump issued Executive Order 13780, entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” (“EO 13780”), on March 6, 2017.  View Full Post
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USPTO Pulling Up the Ladder On Picture-Word Equivalency in Assessing Trademark Rights?

By | DuetsBlog | March 20, 2017
USPTO Pulling Up the Ladder On Picture-Word Equivalency in Assessing Trademark Rights? A recent stroll through the Minneapolis skyway and the above construction billboard reminded me that we haven’t discussed the picture-word equivalency doctrine in trademark law for some time. Judging from the supersize nature and precise placement of the ® federal registration symbol next to the ladder logo shown above, you’d think that City National Bank is the proud owner of a federal service mark registration for the ladder logo — standing or leaning all alone — inconnection with banking and financing services. View Full Post
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President Trump Orders EPA Review of Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards

By | Dashboard Insights | March 20, 2017
President Trump Orders EPA Review of Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards One of the more aggressive steps taken by the Obama administration to reduce carbon emissions was to have the EPA set an ambitious target for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards: 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.  In a release in the closing days of the administration, the EPA reaffirmed its commitment to this standard, citing the benefits of improved fuel economy versus the ability of automakers to hit these targets with manageable increases in vehicle costs. View Full Post
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